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Venezuela touts anti-drug effort, deports suspects

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela has deported three suspected drug traffickers wanted in Colombia, Canada and the United States.

Those deported include Luc Letourneau, a Canadian citizen wanted in his homeland on drug trafficking charges, Oscar Martinez Hernandez, an American wanted in Puerto Rico on various charges including cocaine and heroine smuggling, and Adalberto Bernal Arboleda.

Arboleda, a Colombian citizen, faces drug smuggling charges in Colombia and the United States.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday's deportations as evidence Venezuela is cracking down on drug trafficking.

Venezuela is a major hub for gangs that smuggle Colombian cocaine to the United States and Europe.

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